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BCSR Announces Graduate Student Summer Research Grants in Religion

jfernandez News, Research

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is offering summer research grants to advanced graduate students working on topics at the intersection of religion and ethics, broadly construed. The grant is supported by the Frank and Lesley Yeary Endowment for Ethics in Humanities, established to support research and scholarship in ethics. Grants range from $2,000 to $5,000, and are meant for summer research travel and related expenses. Applications are welcome from all UC Berkeley Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy, with preference given to those who are close to completion of their dissertations.

To apply, please submit:

  • A cover letter explaining your research plan and its relationship to religion and ethics, budget, extant summer funding (whether departmental or otherwise), as well as other sources of funding for which you have applied.
  • A description of your dissertation project. This can be in the form of a grant proposal or an abbreviated dissertation prospectus, not to exceed 1,500 words.
  • A current CV, with your committee members listed.
  • A letter of recommendation from your committee chair or major advisor (sent directly to studentgrants.bcsr@berkeley.edu).

Completed applications (including all supporting materials) should be submitted to BCSR directors c/o studentgrants.bcsr@berkeley.edu and received by Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 4 pm. Electronic files are preferred. Please send all materials (besides letter of recommendation) as a single PDF. Applicants can expect to hear from BCSR by the end of the Spring 2018 semester.


Deadline for applications: Thursday, March 15, 2018 by 4pm.
Awards Announced: Week of April 16
Award Period: Summer 2018
Award Amount: $2,000-$5,000 for summer research travel and related expenses.

Past Recipients:


David Bratt, East Asian Languages + Culture

Ashwak Hauter, Medical Anthropology

Timothy Wright, History

Jane Raisch, Comparative Literature


Melissa Cradic, Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology

Jason Price, Anthropology


Kris Anderson, Buddhist Studies

Youssef J. Carter, Anthropology

Kathryn Crim, Comparative Literature)

Katherine Ding, English

Maggie Elmore, History

Kathryn Heard, Jurisprudence and Social Policy

Jason Klocek, Political Science

Sara Ludin, Jurisprudence and Social Policy

Milad Odabaei, Anthropology

Spencer Strub, English and Medieval Studies

Rachel Trocchio, English

Hannah Waits, History


Lauren Bausch, South and Southeast Asian Studies

Erik Born, German

Graham Hill, Sociology

Nicholas Junkerman, English

Jean-Michel Landry, Anthropology

Christopher Mead, English

Samuel Robinson, History

Tehila Sasson, History

Kris Trujillo, Rhetoric